Online Class Winner and Third Quarter Challenge

Online Class Winner and Third Quarter Challenge

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My online class Printing, Stenciling, and Playing with Thickened Dyes on Felt is coming up quickly. The class starts on September 16th. If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time to sign up by September 13th. Thanks to everyone who shared my last post about the class in hopes of winning a free class spot. I had the computer pick a random number and the winner is:

Debra Pearce

Debra, I will contact you with further information about the class by Monday, September 12th. Congratulations! For those of you who didn’t win, there are still a spots available in the class if you would like to join us. Register here.

I finally got some time to work on the Third Quarter Challenge. I had decided that I wanted to try some silk flowers nuno felted to the surface to create dimension. I also wanted to add some other dimensional felting techniques to the piece.

Initial Layout of Still Life

I started with a large piece of white pre-felt and covered it with hand dyed 8mm habotai silk on the bottom third and hand dyed cheesecloth on the top two-thirds. Then I decided that I wanted to add some dimension with leaves under the cheesecloth. So I cut up a leaf printed wool blanket that I had printed with iris leaves. I just cut around the printed shapes and placed the leaves under the cheesecloth. I decided to use some black burlap for the vase. The nice people from sent me some samples of their burlap and I decided to try it out with this project.  I will be writing another post soon about the burlap and how I have used the variety of burlap that they sent me. This used only one small piece.

I hadn’t ever made silk nuno felted flowers before so I just winged it. I folded and wrapped the hand dyed 5 mm habotai silk and then added a few stitches with cotton thread to hold it together. I made the flowers different sizes and different shapes to give them some contrast.  I added some similar colored merino wool under and in between the layers of the silk flowers to “glue” them down.

Still Life Layout

To add some variety and a bit of contrasting color, I used hand dyed cheesecloth to make smaller flowers in purple and in yellow. I added stems with three colors of pre-yarn. The leaves were made from a mixed green batt and dyed Wensleydale locks. The photo above shows the layout before wet down.

I had a bit of difficulty getting the 8mm habotai to felt into the pre-felt but most of it did eventually felt. It didn’t really matter since I was planning to wrap the piece around a canvas so I could staple the silk around the back even if it wasn’t completely felted in. I didn’t felt the piece completely, it’s still rather soft. But again, since it is going to hang on the wall, I didn’t think it needed to be as sturdy as something that would be worn.

Finished Still Life

And here is the finished piece. The canvas measures 24″ x 30″ so it is pretty large. The long skinny leaves are behind the cheesecloth but do give some depth.

Burlap Flower Pot

Here’s a little closer view of the burlap vase and locks.

And here you can see some of the dimension added. Have you tried felting something with surface dimension? We would love to see what you create for the third quarter challenge.




19 thoughts on “Online Class Winner and Third Quarter Challenge

  1. Wow Ruth! I think that looks fantastic, love how the roses have kept their shape. And thank you for sharing the details of the making. It is always so interesting to see the how and what other felters use.

  2. It’s beautiful Ruth – the flowers are so pretty and I like the way you’ve anchored the pot with the shadow. You were right to leave the felt soft – if you had fulled it further I think you would have lost the charm.
    Are you going to enjoy it yourself or is it headed for the Purple Pomegranate?

  3. That is gorgeous, Ruth! The colours all go perfectly together, and iI agree you felted it just the right amount, excellent! 🙂

  4. Loving the flowers, Ruth! The locks also give such movement to the finished piece, everything just seems to fit together. I wonder if Velasquez or Reubens ever found out about this technique, whether they’d be painting with wool…

  5. Gorgeous Ruth! I love that you built up dimension using different textures and fabrics it really adds to the overall composition. I’m surprised you had difficulty with the habotai felting. I’ve tried making silk roses, but haven’t been that successful. Great job!

  6. Beautiful Ruth, adding fabric leaves behind the background muslin was a great idea. Curious to see how you have used the rest of the burlap, one of my concertina hat students used some to great effect on a hat, it added tons of texture!

    1. Thanks Teri! I passed out a lot of the burlap to my group members. All of us are going to try and use it in different ways. It does give really good texture. There might be several burlap posts in the future.

  7. Good luck with the course Ruth – it looks really interesting and great value. I look forward to seeing the results from that and your burlap experiments!

  8. Congratulations to Debra. I am sure you will enjoy the class.
    The picture is great Ruth . I love the shadow, it gives depth with colour and complements all the 3D effects you have too. I am sure it will sell quickly when you get it into the store.

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